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In Thirroul NSW on “Commercial - demolition of...” at 282-298 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Thirroul NSW 2515:

Mat Wall-Smith commented

Wouldn't it be nice if rather than a developer lodging an application and residents lodging complaints or arguing whether the proposed eyesore is better or worse than the eyesore that its replacing we could instead have a discussion about what our community imagines it's future to be, and what it should look like, and then we worked out how to get there. Imagine if local architects and urban planners were allowed to give us their ideas for a village space instead of some outsider hoisting a shovel ready plan by numbers development on us. Imagine if we all bought shares in that development and took ownership of our village centre. We don't need another shopping centre or overpriced apartments. Maybe we could have rent controlled or rent to buy apartments for essential workers, maybe we could give a unit to the guy sleeping rough at the Plaza for the last two years, maybe we could have a cinema or an artspace....we certainly don't need another supermarket. The LEP doesn't do this...all it does is provide some mild hoops for developers to pass through. I really think it's time we 'occupy' development....

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